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    Interesting to note that the mandolin depicted on the MGM (blue) Lp appears to be the one that was for sale at Mill River Music (post #35) and the one depicted in the photo from Mandopops (post #36) is on the cover of the RCA LP.
    I actually believe it's the standard Style 20 (1929–1942) pictured on both album covers, Charley. If you look closely at the headstock profile on the blue cover, you'll see a little telltale divot at the top. De Filippis' 1949–1952 custom-ordered, then-retro Style 20S mandolins had a simple "paddle" headstock with a more simply rounded profile. I think Carlo was just holding the mandolin at such an angle on the blue album cover that you can't see through the scrolled hole.

    The standard C.F. Martin & Co. references (Longworth [1975, 1980, 1988, 1994] and revisions by Johnston and Boak [2009]) state "1949–52 20S style made for students of Carlos DeFilippis." The production tables in Johnston and Boak (2009) show six Style 20S mandolins produced each year 1949–1952 (24 for the specified run), but another six produced in 1957 (for a total of 30). I wonder if those last 6 were also for DeFillipis' students and their omission from the accompanying text simply an oversight. I suppose we'll never know.

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    I am Carlo DeFilippis' grandson - Don Faruolo from NJ. My mother was Carlo's daughter, Louise. I, myself, at 69 years of age, have been playing guitar since 1964. I inherited one of my Grandfather's 1932 Martin mandolins. Long since sold in 1980 to a deserving and appreciative fan, and fellow mandolinist. I still possess many of Carlo's recordings and music sheets. Proudly. I attended Carnegie Hall concerts and went backstage at those shows. I was 4 and 5 at the time and do not recall if I met Leonard Bernstein.I am grateful my Grandfather's music and playing still resonates today. Thank you one and all.

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    I wish to correct something I wrote in post #30. I had conflated Alessios de Filippis with Elias Alessio. As far as I know they were not the same person. Elias Alessios (born in Greece according to LOC logs & Ellis Island) but maybe it's just coincidence that the names blend together. I believe that Alessios de Filippis was born in Italy and just happened to record Alessios's waltz. Meanwhile, I'm trying to ascertain whether Carlo (1890-1966) was related to Alessios and just how.

    Always double checking my work...will provide further clarification as I learn it. Thanks.

    This YouTube recording below is identified as a work by Elias Alessios's "A Walk in the Forest" for Alessios Di Filippis' mandolin orchestra (you can find the sheet music in the miscellaneous folder in my Dropbox).

    I don't know if I can give 100% trust but the person who uploaded this waltz... but there ya' go. Hmmmmmmm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qW2LrMdo5A

    https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.p...ippis_Alessios
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandophile View Post
    I wish to correct something I wrote in post #30. I had conflated Alessios de Filippis with Elias Alessio. As far as I know they were not the same person. Elias Alessios (born in Greece according to LOC logs & Ellis Island) but maybe it's just coincidence that the names blend together. I believe that Alessios de Filippis was born in Italy and just happened to record Alessios's waltz. Meanwhile, I'm trying to ascertain whether Carlo (1890-1966) was related to Alessios and just how.




    Always double checking my work...will provide further clarification as I learn it. Thanks.

    This YouTube recording below is identified as a work by Elias Alessios's "A Walk in the Forest" for Alessios Di Filippis' mandolin orchestra (you can find the sheet music in the miscellaneous folder in my Dropbox).

    I don't know if I can give 100% trust but the person who uploaded this waltz... but there ya' go. Hmmmmmmm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qW2LrMdo5A

    https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.p...ippis_Alessios
    There is also another piece arranged by Alessios E. and it is Pendosali. Elias is the arranger

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    Hmmmm I'm beginning to think that Alessios De Filippis was purposely chosen by Carlo De Filippis to honor his Greek friend, mandolinist Elias Alessios. It may show that they were not only collaborators but unified in their endeavors. The time was right and although the Edison record is not enough proof, the so-called Athenian Mandolin Quartet (perhaps an earlier name?) might have been under the auspices of Carlo and Elias Alessios. There's a nice picture of the ensemble in the Edison photograph archives that was included in the Metropolian Museums' "Guitar Heroes" catalog. Just found an article with Carlo De Filippis from 1943, it says as much. And he headed up the music for the ILGWU, too. Maybe he worked with Paparello.
    I think we're cracking the mystery now. There was no Alessios De filippis. Elias Alessios' last name was joined to Carlo's last name: De Filippis c. 1916...and as we like to say, the rest is history!
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    Yes, Mendolin, good work! you are onto something. Alessios is not a first name, but Elias' last name. His association with Carlo De Filippis created a strong alliance. They collaborated on many things, including "Pendosali". Therefore, there is no Alessios de Filippis, it is the fusion of Alessios' name and De Filippis. Finally, we straightened it out. Phew!
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    Their quartet recorded for Victor as the Athenian Mandolin Quartet, and for Edison as the Alessios - De Filippis Mandolin Quartet. The personnel included Elias Alessios and Carlo De Filippis on mandolins, but I do not know the names of the other players. I uploaded one of their recordings to my YouTube channel.


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